FTSE 100 Expected to Open Higher After Latest UK Employment Data

0642 GMT - The FTSE 100 is seen opening higher as investors assess the latest U.K. employment data. IG futures data show the London index rising 18 points. The U.K. unemployment rate was little changed at 3.8% in the three months to June while the number of people in employment increased 160,000 over the quarter and average earnings excluding bonuses rose 4.7%, according to the Office for National Statistics. "Overall, today's data has shown once again that the labour market is as tight as it can be but the important thing to note is the wage growth," AvaTrade analyst Naeem Aslam writes. The labor market has been described as extremely constrained recently with many available positions, he says. (renae.dyer@wsj.com)

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